Bemidji State sweeps Minnesota, Crookston
Friday, February 6, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (H.H.H. Metrodome) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team scored six runs in the first two innings of game one to earn a 10-1 win over Minnesota, Crookston and then used a five run fourth in game two to earn the sweep, 11-5 over the Golden Eagles.

In game one BSU opened up the first inning with a five run two out rally that was sparked by a pair of two RBI doubles by Ryan Bohannan (Sr., OF/P, Goodyear, Ariz.) and Alex Messick (So., C, Lakeville, Minn.). Paul Newman (Sr., DH, Durhamville, N.Y.) picked up the first RBI of the inning with a single to right field.

The Beavers added to their lead in the top of the second off a Josh Juntunen (Sr., 1B, Elk River, Minn.) RBI single scoring Nick Jelacie (So., OF, Brainerd, Minn.) who drew a two out walk and then stole second to get in scoring position for Juntunen.

Minnesota, Crookston platted its lone run of the game in the bottom of the third. Paul Krebs tripled to left center field and then scored when Devin Croal singled to center field to bring the score to 6-1 in favor of BSU at the end of three innings of play. The Beavers added two more runs in the top of the fourth and the top of the seventh to stretch their lead to nine runs (10-1).

P.J. McIntee (Sr., 2B, Randolph, Minn.) scored on a wild pitch and Juntunen drove in a RBI on a sacrifice fly to left field for the Beavers scoring in the fourth. McIntee picked up a RBI in the seventh while Bohannan scored on a wild pitch to round out the scoring for BSU.

Freshman pitcher Ethan Branum (LHP, Brainerd, Minn.) earned the first win of his collegiate career in his first start as a Beaver going 4.0 innings, giving up four hits with two walked and two strikeouts allowing one run (one earned). Bryan Buhr (Sr., RHP, Frazee, Minn.) and Randy Amos (Sr., RHP, Wilmington, N.C.) combined for 3.0 innings of work allowing just one hit with one strikeout.

Jordan Triestram worked 3.1 innings for the Golden Eagles allowing seven hits and eight runs (eight earned) seeing his record fall to 0-1 on the season.

Anthony Turk (Sr., OF, Little Falls, Minn.), Bohannan, and Messick all had two hits to lead the Beavers while Juntunen, Bohannan and Messick all had two RBI.

In Game 2 the Beavers jumped out to a 3-1 lead through the first three innings and then opened the game up with a five run fourth to earn the 11-5 victory over UMC.

The Beavers got 4.0 solid innings from Josh Silvernagel (Jr., INF/P, Bismarck, N.D.) in his first start of his career. He gave up one run (one earned) off two hits with five strikeouts and two walks to improve his record to 1-0 on the season. Colton Smith (So., INF/P, Waddell, Ariz.), Buhr, and Justin Huether (Sr., OF/P, Brainerd, Minn.) combined for three innings of relief allowing four runs (four earned) on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Smith gave the Beavers a early 1-0 lead as he picked up a RBI on a ground out to the shortstop allowing Ryan Johnson (So., OF, Bemidji, Minn.) to score from third. The Beavers added two more runs in the bottom of the second as Ryan Sander (So., INF, St. James, Minn.) and McIntee picked up RBI’s to push BSU’s lead to 3-0.

A RBI single by Jake Poehler in the third got UMC on the board, 3-1, in the bottom of the third but a five run fourth inning by the Beavers pushed BSU’s lead to 8-1. Smith’s bases clearing double was the big blow in the inning for BSU. Huether also had a RBi double in the five run inning.

UMC continued to battle as the Golden Eagles platted two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to close the Beavers lead to 8-5 but a three run sixth by BSU put the game out of reach. Juntunen, Bohannan, and Newman all had RBI’s in the inning. Huether closed the door on the Golden Eagles in the bottom of the seventh to help BSU earn the 11-5 win and the double-header sweep of Minnesota, Crookston.

Smith led the Beavers with four RBI while Bohannan was 3-for-4 at the dish to lead BSU’s offensive attack.

With the win the Beavers improve to 3-1 to begin the season, the first time they have started the season 3-1 since the 2002. With the sweep over Minnesota, Crookston the Beavers improve their all-time record to 31-5.

Bemidji State (3-1; 0-0 NSIC) will be back in action on Feb. 20-21 when the Beavers travel to Topeka, Kan. to battle the Washburn University Ichabods. BSU will play a nine inning contest with WU on Feb. 20 starting at 3 p.m. and will wrap up its three game series with a double-header on Feb. 21 with the first pitch at 1 p.m.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).